Italian Beginners


This course is for students with little or no previous knowledge of the language

Course details

  • Eligibility SACE eligibility criteria apply to the subject, see downloads

About the subject

Students develop their ability to communicate and interact in a variety of contexts for a range of purposes, within and across languages and cultures. Students develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and use information and communication technologies, to create and engage effectively with a range of spoken, written, and multimodal texts in Italian

Course content

At beginners level, students develop and apply linguistic and intercultural knowledge, understanding, and skills by:

  • interacting with others in Italian in interpersonal situations
  • creating texts in Italian for specific audiences, purposes, and contexts
  • analysing texts that are in Italian to interpret meaning
  • comparing languages and how they work as a system
  • reflecting on the ways in which culture is created, expressed, and communicated through language.

In this subject students explore the three interconnected themes of Relationships, Lifestyles, and Experiences from the perspectives of ‘The Personal World’ and ‘The Italian speaking Communities’.


School Based Assessment

Students will undertake 5 assessment tasks from the following 3 assessment types:

  • Type 1: Interaction (Individual or in pairs)
  • Type 2: Text Production (Creative Writing)
  • Type 3: Text Analysis (Read texts in Italian and answer questions in either English or Italian as required)

External Assessment

Assessment Type 4: Examination (30%). The examination consists of two assessments:

  • an oral examination
  • a written examination.

Oral Examination

The oral examination is designed to assess primarily students’ knowledge and skill in using spoken Italian. The oral examination takes approximately 10 minutes and has two sections.

Written Examination

The 2½-hour written examination, plus 10 minutes’ reading time, has three sections:

  • Section I: Listening
  • Section II: Reading
  • Section III: Writing.

Students are allowed to use monolingual and/or bilingual printed dictionaries in the written examination.

Performance Standards

The Italian Beginners Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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